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No winner yet in second day of Italian vote for president

ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers failed to agree again Tuesday in a vote selecting Italy's next president, as a consensus on who to support continued to elude party leaders. On Tuesday, 1,008 Grand Electors, most of them members of Parliament with some regional representatives, were eligible to ...

Cuban prosecutors say 790 people charged for July protests

HAVANA (AP) — Some 790 people who participated in anti-government protests in Cuba last year face prosecution for sedition, violent attacks, public disorder, theft and other crimes, the attorney general's office said Tuesday. The announcement was the first from prosecutors since August, a ...

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out more plans Tuesday to fight the virus as he pitched his case for a new five-year term and faced criticism from his own country — Ethiopia — over his comments about the embattled Tigray region. Tedros, who ...

Divisive Brazilian right-wing philosopher, provocateur dies

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olavo de Carvalho, a leading light of Brazil's conservative movement who stirred passions among both devotees and detractors, has died, according to a statement published Tuesday on his official Twitter profile. He was 74. De Carvalho died Monday night in Virginia, ...

Ex-senator, presidential candidate deported to Haiti from US

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former Haitian senator and presidential candidate Moïse Jean-Charles told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was arrested in the U.S. and deported to Haiti. Jean-Charles spoke briefly as he arrived at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in the ...

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leaders sought Tuesday to reassure the nation that an invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and received a shipment of U.S. military equipment to shore up their defenses. Moscow has denied it is planning ...

Two more Poles identified as victims of hacking with spyware

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two more Poles have been identified as victims of phone hacking with the notoriously powerful spyware from Israel's NSO Group: an agrarian political leader at odds with Poland's right-wing government and the co-author of a book about the head of Poland's secret ...

Russia adds Navalny and his top allies to list of terrorists

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have added imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and some of his top allies to the country's registry of terrorists and extremists, the latest move in a multi-pronged crackdown on opposition supporters, independent media and human rights ...

Afghan talks focus on aid, women’s rights as hunger grows

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three days of talks between the Taliban, Western diplomats and other delegates on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and human rights were wrapping up Tuesday in Norway, with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi praising the discussions, which he said "went very ...

Thailand first in Asia to move to decriminalize marijuana

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the ...

Consumer goods giant Unilever cutting 1,500 management jobs

LONDON (AP) — Unilever, which makes Vaseline skin care products and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says it's laying off 1,500 staff as part of a company-wide restructuring. The proposed changes mean that senior management jobs will be cut by about 15% while junior management roles will be ...

UAE sheikhdom to allow gaming as Wynn Resorts plans project

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the seven sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday it will allow "gaming" while announcing a multibillion-dollar deal with Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts. The announcement by Ras al-Khaimah comes after months of rumors about ...

Winter welcome: Stranded drivers freed in Istanbul, Athens

ISTANBUL (AP) — Rescue crews in Istanbul and Athens dug through snow and ice Tuesday to clear paralyzed roads and rescue people stranded overnight in their cars after snowstorms and a massive cold front brought much of Turkey and Greece to a standstill. Two storm-related deaths were ...

MSC Group, Lufthansa partner in bid for Italy’s ITA Airways

MILAN (AP) — The parent group of MSC Cruises is partnering with Lufthansa in a bid for a majority stake in Italy's ITA Airways, the company created from the ashes of former Italian flagship airline Alitalia. MSC Group, which includes container shipping and logistics businesses in addition to ...

Dutch government eases lockdown despite soaring infections

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prime Minister Mark Rutte further eased the Netherlands' coronavirus lockdown, allowing bars, restaurants, museums, theaters and other venues to reopen from Wednesday for the first time this year. But Rutte warned that the move wasn't without risks. "We are ...

Saudi restores full ties with Thailand after diamond dispute

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic ties with Thailand and said the countries agreed to trade ambassadors, closing the chapter on three decades of mistrust and hostility between the nations that stemmed from a sensational ...

Grace Kelly’s granddaughter appears on horseback for Chanel

PARIS (AP) — Huge spinning wheels, "floating" wooden blocks and suspended geometric shapes hovered over a surreal mini golf course Tuesday at Chanel's remarkable couture show. Even Pharrell Williams, who is no stranger to elaborate sets, had to take a moment to take stock, before posing ...

IMF urges El Salvador to drop Bitcoin as legal tender

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The International Monetary Fund wants El Salvador to drop the highly volatile cryptocurrency Bitcoin as legal tender and strictly regulate the electronic wallet the government has pushed adoption of across the country. The global lender's board "urged the ...

S. Korean officials say North Korea tested cruise missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday test-fired two suspected cruise missiles in its fifth round of weapons launches this month, South Korean military officials said, as it displays its military might amid pandemic-related difficulties and a prolonged freeze in nuclear ...

Ortiz, Clemens, Bonds to be close calls for Hall of Fame

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, with eight MVPs and seven Cy Young Awards between them, are in the bottom of the last inning in their Hall of Fame bids. Either they get in Tuesday — and it's going to be close — or Cooperstown may elude them entirely. David Ortiz knows a thing or two about ...